BREAKING GROUNDA Celebration of Women Composers
of Music for Trombone and Piano
Lauren Bernofsky, Dorothy Gates, Ann Giffels, Amy Riebs Mills, Susan Mutter
NATALIE MANNIX, trombone
STEPHANIE BRUNING, piano
TONY BAKER, NATALIE MANNIX, STEVEN MENARD and CHRISTOPHER SHARPE, trombone quartet
“the composers [Mannix has] chosen for her recital are well selected and provide a good variety of styles... Natalie Mannix is a wonderful trombonist, with pure tone, accurate technique, and musicianship to burn. I can say the same about her colleagues on this disc. This is a great CD, and its appeal will extend far beyond the trombone world. You’ll like it as much as I did”
David DeBoor Canfield, Fanfare [September/October 2018]
“[Natalie Mannix] has assembled a fine collection of trombone works for her new CD... an excellent collection of contemporary trombone music... Mannix displays an easy facility in the high register, skilled technique, and a solid rhythmic drive... the pieces on this disc would make a great addition to any trombone recital and are enjoyable listening for any brass player.”
Robert Bruns, Pan Pipes [Spring 2018]
“It is a pleasure to hear [Mannix's] lovely tone and seeming ease in the high register. Pianist Stephanie Bruning, of Morgan State University, collaborates expertly... fine assisting trombonists in the quartet.”
Kilpatick, American Record Guide [January/February 2018]
“excellent playing... [Natalie Mannix] exhibits excellent breath control and a warm, pleasant tone throughout, while pianist Stephanie Bruning provides able accompaniment for four of the five works... This is a CD that...will certainly please trombonists and listeners interested in hearing recent compositions for the instrument.”
Mark J. Estren, InfoDad [October 2017]
PROGRAM NOTESNatalie Mannix is an avid soloist, chamber musician, orchestral trombonist and educator. Currently Principal Trombonist of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, she is also Assistant Professor of Trombone at the University of North Texas after having taught at Towson University in Baltimore. A former member of the United States Navy Band in Washington, D.C., she performed often with their brass quintet, concert and ceremonial band. She maintains a busy performing schedule on the East Coast. In recent years she has performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Washington Opera, Kennedy Center, Washington Trombone Ensemble and other regional orchestras and brass ensembles. A new music advocate, she has commissioned several works for trombone and continues to perform and promote music by emerging composers. Active as a recording artist, Mannix can be heard on the Grammynominated album Interchange: Concertos by Rodrigo and Assad with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra and Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, and Shadowcatcher: Music for Winds, Brass and Percussion [MSR Classics: MS1388] with the faculty and wind ensemble of West Chester University in Pennsylvania. She has also adjudicated local and international solo and ensemble competitions and serves as the chair of the competitions committee for the International Trombone Association and commissions committee for the International Women’s Brass Conference. She has appeared as guest artist and clinician at colleges and conferences throughout North America, including the International Trombone Festival events in 2013 and 2016, International Women’s Brass Conference, Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic and the American Trombone Workshop. Mannix received degrees from the University of Michigan and Juilliard School and her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Catholic University. She is a performing artist for Edwards Instrument Company, and on these recordings plays an Edwards T396-A trombone with a Greg Black 4G/5G mouthpiece.
Pianist Stephanie Bruning has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the Unites States and The Netherlands. In demand as an instructor and adjudicator, she often conducts master classes and has adjudicated numerous competitions, including the 2008 Elizabeth R. Davis Piano Competition and the 2007 International Young Artist’s Piano Competition in Washington, D.C. In demand as a collaborative artist, Bruning has performed with well-known brass players such as retired Boston Symphony Orchestra principal trombonist Ron Barron and New York Philharmonic principle trombonist Joseph Alessi. An expert in Native American-influenced music from the early 20th century, she frequently performs and lectures on the subject, notable engagements having included an appearance at the State Department in Washington, D.C. and at the College Music Society National Conference in Salt Lake City. Also an accomplished author on the subject, Bruning compiled and edited the 2-volume book, The Indian Character Piece: Native-American Influenced Piano Works from the Early Twentieth Century, published by Ludwig Masters. She also serves as a reviewer for Clavier Companion regarding new teaching and performance scores. Bruning maintains an active interest in helping students address issues of performance anxiety, and has conducted numerous workshops on the topic at summer music festivals and conferences, including the International Music Festival and Sigma Alpha Iota’s Province Day. Bruning is currently Associate Professor of Music and Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. She has previously been on the faculty of Shepherd University, Anne Arundel Community College and Trinity University. Bruning is an active member of the Music Teachers’ National Association, the Music Teachers’ Association of Greater Baltimore and the College Music Society. Bruning holds degrees in Piano Pedagogy and Performance from Drake University and University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Dr. Chiu-Ling Lin, Eugene Pridonoff, Frank Weinstock and others.
Tony Baker has professional experience as a classical and jazz musician that is as varied as it is substantial. Currently a member of the Dallas Opera Orchestra, he also performs with the Brass Band of Battle Creek. As a jazz musician, Baker has performed with groups such as the Woody Herman Band and the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra. He is currently a professor of trombone at the University of North Texas.
Steven Menard maintains an active performing career throughout the United States and South America. He is currently Principal Trombone of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Utah Festival Opera Orchestra. In addition to his orchestral work, Menard has performed in numerous Broadway shows, and has participated in recording sessions for television and film. He is currently a professor of trombone at the University of North Texas.
Bass trombonist Christopher Sharpe is a member of the One O’Clock Lab Band at the University of North Texas and has performed with ensembles such as the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Knoxville Symphony. Sharpe is currently working towards a DMA in Trombone Performance at the University of North Texas where he is a teaching fellow. He holds degrees from UNT as well as the University of Tennessee.
PROGRAMSUSAN MUTTER (b.1962)
AGES for Trombone and Piano (2008)
ANN GIFFELS (1928-1993)
SONATA for Trombone and Piano (1949-1950)
Rondo – Vivace
AMY RIEBS MILLS (b.1955)
RED DRAGONFLY – SONATA for Trombone and Piano (2012)
LAUREN BERNOFSKY (b.1967)
TWO LATIN DANCES for Trombone and Piano (2015)
DOROTHY GATES (b.1966)
SHAKEN NOT STIRRED for Trombone Quartet (2012)